New station set to arrive at Darlington
Willmott Dixon has won a £30M contract from Tees Valley Combined Authority to transform the entrance to Darlington Station as part of Network Rail’s £140M masterplan to deliver extra train capacity and better passenger facilities at the station.
The work also includes a new multi-storey car park integrated within the larger entrance area. Network Rail will start work later this summer on creating two new platforms to improve rail connections both within the Tees Valley and beyond via the East Coast Main Line.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “With hundreds of Government jobs coming to Darlington, the town and its people deserve a modern and vibrant station to provide a gateway to the rest of the great developments on their way. This is another significant milestone and I’m thrilled the station project is steaming ahead.”
Cllr Stephen Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet Member, said: “I am delighted that work is progressing on this project to transform the station to improve access to Darlington for business and leisure travellers. It will also create much better access into the wider Tees Valley. Upgrading the station will allow us to continue attracting investment to Darlington.”
The station overhaul will be completed in 2025 in time for the Stockton and Darlington Railway bicentennial celebrations.